Epic Runs Episode 1: Granite Mountain Trail Run
In this first episode of Epic Runs, we explore one of Prescott’s iconic landscape: Granite Mountain. Toping at 7,625 feet, it is surrounded by almost 10,000 acres of wilderness, characterized by very large granite boulders. Follow Greg on this Granite Mountain trail run and discover the area.
Parking areas are located throughout Granite Basin but the Metate Trailhead provides the easiest access to Granite Mountain Trail #261. The Granite Basin area offers a multitude of trails. It is also very popular due to its proximity to downtown Prescott. As such, be aware of mountain bikers and horse riders when in the area.
This Granite Mountain trail run starts in a shaded area with immediate views of the massive cliff on the right. The trail is very easy to follow with very few intersections. Shortly after leaving the shady section and reaching 1.6 miles, elevation begins in the form of switchbacks. From there, stay right an follow the signs for Trail #261. The terrain is mostly composed of medium size loose rock and natural rocky steps, which can make it difficult to run on. Throughout the mile-long climb, you will be able to admire the view west towards Skull Valley or east towards where you came from.
Upon reaching the first plateau, head to the right to continue the run towards the cliff. A forest of barren trees will appear before reaching large boulders again and a small creek crossing . Continue right towards the end of the trail for incredible vistas!
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